Kuwait Bank to adopt Cross-Border Payments via Ripple

The Kuwait Finance House (KFH) has been turned into the Arab nation’s first bank to join RippleNet, a blockchain network for international remittance payments
30 May 2018   1798

The Kuwaiti bank declared its intension to join RippleNet, a SWIFT-replacement blockchain network that sees over 100 financial institutions including banks, payment providers, remittance operators and other financial establishments use the product for real-time clearing and settlement of international transactions.

KFH stated that with this move, KFH can supply instant and secure cross-border money transfers within few seconds, with end-to-end visibility over the journey of the payment. Details of the suggestion are presently scarce and it stays to be seen if the bank uses Ripple’s xCurrent, an enterprise blockchain software that allows settlements in fiat or xRapid, a product which uses Ripple’s token XRP for real-time liquidity for international proceedings.

As the bank claims it will demand the approval of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) prior to the run of the Ripple service, KFH convinces that the clients will gain profits  from faster payments in increased efficiency, security and transparency of the transaction at markedly lower costs than traditional solutions.

The defacto central bank of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), has also cooperated with Ripple to pilot Ripple’s xCurrent among a number of regional banks. The SAMA is also the first central bank in the world to join RippleNet.

Ripple to Acquire Algrim

Algrim is an Icelandic cryptotrading company and Ripple is sure that Iceland will become one of the biggest RippleNet development centre
30 September 2019   115

California-based fintech startup Ripple hopes to step up operations in Europe with the acquisition of Icelandic crypto trading firm Algrim.

Ripple representatives emphasized that Algrim will play a key role in developing products that provide on-demand liquidity. These products are intended for cross-border payments and are based on the XRP token, which has long occupied the third line of CoinMarketCap.

The company is confident that Iceland will become one of the most important development centers contributing to the development of the RippleNet. Also, representatives of a California startup promised to attract more technical specialists to the new office.

Information about the transaction amount is not disclosed.